Today’s topic for the Top Ten Tuesday linkup is “Ten Facts About Me”. Now… I don’t mind sharing an occasional fact about myself here or there but setting out on purpose to give you TEN facts just seemed too weird for me. Refusing to be stymied by the task, however, I recruited my husband to write them for me 🙂
Bless him, he’s put up with me for 16 years now – longer if you count the three years we were friends and the one year we dated. Outside of my parents and my brother, he knows me best. He’s known me at my best and at my worst, through a lot of sickness and a little health, through a lot of poor and zero rich (unless you count books. We’re rich in books.) and for whatever reason he still loves me.
Take it away, E! (I say, with the slightest trepidation…lol)
Thanks, Carebear. Ok, so you may know a lot about Carrie from all these reviews, but what do you really know?! I could write 50 things about Carrie, but we only have so much time. So let’s get this started!
She reads … a lot.
With a blog called Reading is my Superpower, you think this is just someone who likes to read or likes to be known as someone who can read. But no, mere mortal, this is a woman who reads novels and picks out punctuation and grammar mistakes in published works AND plot mistakes in published books as well! She isn’t a speed reader either. Her eyes see the page in its entirety as well as the page ahead. (Sidenote from Carrie: It’s really more like a few paragraphs ahead.) I’ve watched her flip through kindle pages.
Years ago, we had one of our first library dates and I picked out a book and she picked out five. I thought this was rather optimistic. I felt fine because my book was The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which contained all 5 books of the series. As I reached chapter 3, she threw her book down. “Was it not good?” I asked like a fool. “What? Oh! No, I finished it.” I was stunned. (Sidenote from Carrie: It did, in my defense, take him the better part of a Saturday to reach chapter three.)
She doesn’t laugh; she giggles.
If you attend the CFRR this August you will experience the cutest thing EVER. Carrie can laugh, but it’s rare. It has to be something so stunningly funny that she’ll laugh like the rest of us – hard. (I’m pleased to report that I have achieved that level of laughter with her.) Giggles that come from her are musical and trilly. They are addictive and contagious. You’ve been warned.
She drinks Diet Coke like water.
Specifically, she drinks Caffeine Free Diet Coke. Even more specifically she drinks Big K Caffeine Free Diet Cola. Even further more specifically it’s quite a few. Her preferred drink of choice is a large Diet Coke with extra ice in a foam cup from McDonald’s. It has to be extra ice. (Sidenote from Carrie: I really am trying to drink more water. But … just … yuck.)
She collects Cinderella stories.
Disney’s Cinderella is her Star Wars. She wasn’t the same after that. Nope, she’s all up in that. She has a nice selection of Cinderella stories from other cultures and loves the theme when it’s played out in other stories. That’s her Disney Princess. She has the slipper. (Sidenote from Carrie: I don’t really have the slipper.)
She lurked around the blogs for two years before starting her own.
If people ask Carrie for advice about blogging, she will tell them to study. (Sidenote from Carrie: I do.) It’s not like she took a seminar or something, though. This isn’t the case. Carrie literally just lurked around the major blogs and communities, gleaning “the feel” of the audiences. She made relationships and learned what people liked and didn’t like. One day, she decided she had something to offer and so she burst out of the gate writing reviews. What you see is her hard work and tenacity to stick with a passion for books.
She’s a mixture of Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter series and Monica Geller from Friends.
She once thought she failed a test, but got 104% on it. Meanwhile, I thought I did really well and got a D. (Sidenote from Carrie: He really really loves to tell that story lol. I knew it would end up here.) From Hermoine’s MO “When in doubt, go to the library” to Monica’s sense of justification of “I KNOW!” you can be sure she is someone who knows her stuff and knows it well. (Sidenote from Carrie: I really think it’s more to do with my Hermione-ish hair.)
The sun makes her sneeze.
We believe someone must have blessed her when she was a baby with the saying “may the sun shine on her always” because it does. Always. Even if you close the blinds, the sun will bounce off several reflective surface to hit her in the eyeball. When the sun hits Carrie in the eyeball, she sneezes. Not sure why, but there it is.
Her first word was ‘Book.’
For those who love foreshadowing, this fits nicely in your trope. Books will always be in her life and her last word might be book too. Actually, it might be books. That way she started with one book and ended with many. (Sidenote from Carrie: Since it is likely I will die next to – or under – a pile of things I was meaning to read a la Lemony Snicket, my last word being ‘book’ makes perfect sense.)
Her reading record is 5 books in one day.
Granted, she was a little cross-eyed after that day, but she did it.
(Sidenote from Carrie: I did. I don’t recommend it for the faint of heart.)
She’s a night owl.
Don’t misunderstand me. She’s indoorsy. (Sidenote from Carrie: I also don’t like owls. Bird phobia.) 8pm is when she starts to hit her stride and will write, read, read or yes, even read well into the wee hours of the morning. (Sidenote from Carrie: I also go to bed at 8pm. Not to sleep. Just to bed.) The night is her friend, but her BFFs are a blanket, pajama pants, comfy shirt, laptop, dog attached to leg, books close at hand, and – of course – a diet coke.
Well, folks… that’s probably way more than you ever wanted to know about yours truly but there you have it 🙂 As written by my hubby who I think is super cute! And by the way, you want to talk about laughs? HIS laugh is contagious. My nephew is mesmerized by it.
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What about you? Is there something that my husband mentioned that surprised you about me? Link up to YOUR Top Ten Tuesday post if you participated today, or just share something about yourself with me 🙂